Month: July 2009

LGA775 Low Profile Heatsink Roundup

It’s hard to find an adequate, quiet CPU cooler that will fit in a low profile case. With that in mind, we accumulated a few smallish heatsinks and pitted them against one another and against some of Intel’s stock coolers: Thermolab Micro Silencer and Nano Silencer, Arctic Cooling Alpine 7 GT, and Scythe Big Shuriken.

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Antec Sonata Elite ATX Mid-Tower Case

The Antec Sonata’s fundamental design has undergone only minor internal and cosmetic adjustments through three different generations. The Sonata Elite is more a departure, but hopefully it still retains what made the original Sonata such a mainstream success.

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Scythe Mugen-2 CPU Cooler

The Scythe Mugen-2 features design improvements, ships with a 120mm PWM fan, and mounts using a simple bolt-thru installation procedure – a first for Scythe. Multiple fans can also be accommodated. With two fans, quiet cooling performance is simply amazing.

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Intel DG41MJ: Affordable 775 Mini-ITX

For more price-conscious users, Intel now offers the DG41MJ, a more affordable but less capable alternative to the DG45FC. Value is the name of the game.

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Antec ISK 300-65 Mini-ITX Case

The ISK-300 is the first of a new series of mini-ITX cases from Antec. It is small, comes with an external adapter and internal DC/DC converter for power, and affordable. Is it a product that can be placed beside Antec’s best?

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Moneual MonCaso 301 Desktop HTPC Case

Moneual sent us its Mon Caso 301 HTPC system, but unfortunately the components selected were not suitable for a silent PC. The Mon Caso 301 case had a lot going for it, however; with the right parts, it could be the foundation of a quiet HTPC. We decided to take a close look at this

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Scythe Katana 3: Same slant, new version

Katana 3 is one of Scythe’s most economical models. Among the giants and skyscrapers of the brand’s extensive lineup, it stands out by being relatively small, light and inexpensive. But Katana 3 supports every current socket, including 1366 for Intel i7.

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